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Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute

310 Genesee Street, Utica, NY 13502
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Ranked #2 of 5 Attractions in Utica
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, Cultural
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Owner description: Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute. Renowned art collection, exhibitions, and education programs presented in a famous museum building designed by Philip Johnson and a superbly restored Victorian mansion, Fountain Elms. Performing arts include international soloists and ensembles, rising stars, cinema, outdoor concerts and special events. School of Art offers a nationally accredited college program, PrattMWP, and community art classes for all ages. Art Shop Gift Gallery. Museum admission is free. Open year-round, Tues - Sat 10 – 5, Sun 1 - 5.

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Utica, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Just south of the STanley Performing Arts Center is the MWPAI , now educationally affiliated with Pratt Institute. Features world class art exhibits, musical performances in the recital hall and a Concours d Elegance car show at their annual Sidewalk Art show every July. (where MY work has been exhibited from time to time. It was established by Utica's leading... More

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Pawtucket Ri
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

Not to be missed. This well laid-out, lovely museum is not only FREE but boasts an impressive number of well-known fine art masterpieces. The room filled with military and war-themed works was especially moving. (Might be gone by the time you read this.) Further augmenting the charm of the museum was the yoga class taking place in the Great Room... More

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Boston area
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Enjoyed the 20th century art and I noticed they have a charming interactive exploratory children's room. Definitely recommend this museum if you are spending time in Utica.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

This art museum is about a mile south of downtown in a building designed by Phillip Johnson. The permanent collection contains at least one painting from every major American painter - this includes Ryder, Innes, Bellows, Henri, Pollack, Hopper, Pendergrast, Hassam, Homer and etc. It takes about 1 and 1/2 hours to go through the collection. Very good.

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Syracuse, NY
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

We went to The Munson Williams Proctor Institute on a recent Sunday having wanted to go there for some time. It is a short drive from Syracuse and parking is free in the back. By happenstance we arrived on the last day of a exhibit of European painting from the 18th and 19th centuries. Admission to the museum is free... More

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22 reviews 22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

A mid-sized art museum and adjoining historic house. The collection is remarkable, the historic house interesting, and the Philip Johnson main building is an interesting piece of architecture. Well worth it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Went there to see the Golden Age, tour guide was pretty knowledgeable on that era. Found out some things about different artists that we didn't know before. Was not busy at all, you can take your time looking at each painting. It's free unless you take the tour then it's $10, but worth it.Had a good time.

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Clinton, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

The MWP film series...usually Wed& Fri at 2 & 7:30, offers a wonderful selection of recent films, most, but not all, of which are not shown in local theaters. Many combine going to the movies with viewing the museum's outstanding art exhibits.

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Old Forge, New York
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74 reviews 74 reviews
3 attraction reviews
143 helpful votes 143 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

A great Museum, with a wide varied eclectic collection. The "prize" of the collection is Thomas Cole's "Voyage of Life", which is out on loan to other museums around the country at the moment, but the variety is fabulous, some great modern art mixes well with the building, and it's adjacent "Fountain Elms", the Italianate mansion next door, interestingly owned... More

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Maplecrest, New York
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7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Golden Age of European Painting was the featured show and it was sumptuous! I enjoyed our visit very much thanks to a wonderful welcome, beautifully mounted paintings and decorative arts, and a wonderful 3 generation family history. We loved seeing so many young people in the museums and on the grounds...what a gift to the community. Our guide was Irene... More

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